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This is one of a series of excerpts from older articles put online by John Ray as a public service. The articles concerned are in general otherwise available only by special request to a University or other major library.

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Journal of Personality Assessment, 1978 (August), Vol 42 (4), 344-353

The Nuremberg mind revisited: A quantitative approach to Nazi Rorschachs.



Ritzler, Barry, A.

(U Southern Mississippi)

Performed a quantitative analvsis of 15 Nazi Rorschach protocols to determine whether the Nazi leaders were relatively "normal" or whether they were psychotic, psychopathic, or otherwise disturbed. Only quantitative Rorschach scores were used to avoid unduly biased speculative interpretation. The scoring was done blind to the identity of the records, and Rorschachs of psychiatric patients, and normal Ss were included for comparison. Results show the following: (a) The Nazis showed some variation from the normals but not as much as might have been expected from the discussions of F. Miale and M. Selzer (1975). (b) The Nazis were quite different from several types of psychiatric patients. As a group, they were not psychotic and their Rorschach scores did not closely resemble those of depressed and anxious nonpsychotic patients. (c) Their Rorschachs do not seem to fit H. Arendt's stereotype of the "banal" Nazi.





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